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The sounds of brass, woodwind and percussion instruments fill the summer sky at Washington Field and don’t stop until the cold winds of autumn are in full force. The Phantom Marching Band is a staple of the fall in Phoenixville and have just completed their fifth season under the direction of Mr. Justin McAdams.
The 2018 season featured four local competitions for the Marching Phantoms. The group recorded two first place finishes and a pair of second place finishes in their division.
The Phantom Phestival of Bands was held at Washington Field for the second year and featured Temple University’s Diamond Marching Band. The event is complex, but rewarding and Mr. McAdams is excited to have it back for a third season in 2019.
“One of the nice parts to hosting our own show is being able to showcase the students in a different setting to the Phoenixville community. Our community gets to see the band perform at halftime of football games, but a competition has a completely different feel. We hosted nineteen schools this year and the event is a success in large part to our outstanding group of parent volunteers,” said McAdams.
The season was capped off with a trip to the Cavalcade of Bands Championships on November 10. The Phantoms finished ninth in the Liberty Open Division out of twenty-four teams. The event marked the final performance for the Class of 2019, a group of fifteen students that have been instrumental in the success of the Phantom Marching Band. Mr. McAdams reflected on his senior class. “This group of seniors have provided great leadership and have really seen the program grow. We’ve doubled in size since they were freshmen and their passion will be missed.” The Class of 2019 includes: Sara Bradley, Eric Burns, Austin Converse, Marc Erb, Declan Fisher, Yekaterina Matveyeva, Noah McCarthy, Genevieve Neuwirth, Frankie Reo, Paige Ritter, Jacob Springer, Ethan Tweedie, Marissa Weinberg, Isaac Weiss, and Mark Vela.
Mr. McAdams will try to take some time to reflect on the 2018 season, but it is a quick turnaround, as Winter Guard and Indoor Percussion begin in a few weeks. The 2019 is looming and the process starts all over again for Mr. McAdams and the Phantom Marching Band.